FOUNDATION MAILING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
The MLWGS Foundation needs volunteer help in preparing a bulk mailing on Wednesday, April 6, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the MLWGS Boardroom. If you have a few hours to spare, please join us!
Foundation helpers will be preparing our third Annual Fund Letter mailing. Coffee, snacks, and friendly conversation all served!
No RSVP necessary, but for questions or to be added to the Foundation's volunteer list for future bulk mailings, please contact Laura Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For SCRIP for the rest of this school year, the PTSA has decided to sell the remaining gift cards we have in stock, first come - first served, and to not take any more special orders. If you would like to purchase any gift cards, please email Karen at email@example.com or Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements to get you the cards. Our current stock includes Arby's ($10), Barnes and Noble ($10 and $25), Build-a-Bear Workshop ($25), Chili's ($25), Coldstone Creamery ($10), Food Lion ($25 and $100), Lowe's ($25), Martin's ($25 and $100), Olive Garden ($25), Outback Steakhouse ($25), Panera ($10), Red Robin ($10), Starbuck's ($10 and $25), Target ($25) and Walmart ($25). For many of these, the PTSA has multiple cards. Please think of supporting the PTSA by purchasing gift cards for end-of-year gifts for teachers and other occasions.
ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS
The Mid-March Senior Newsletter is now available on the School Counseling Website (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/2011-2012-newsletters). This newsletter contains college-related reminders and a listing of scholarships with approaching deadlines. The latest newsletter was distributed to students in their English classes last week. Scholarship information for seniors is also available on the School Counseling website (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/college-admissions-information-1/scholarships-financial-aid) and in Naviance (https://connection.naviance.com/mlwgs). Contact your child’s counselor if you would like to view the Naviance scholarship database and need your registration code. Scholarships are still being added to this database on a monthly basis, most with direct links to the applications. Hard-copy applications are scanned and attached to the scholarship description as a PDF. Please note that all deadlines posted on Naviance or in the Newsletter are subject to change as organizations are still sending us updated information for this school year. Check the organization’s website for the most current information and availability. Please contact Rachel Loving in the School Counseling Office with scholarship questions.
THE ROBERT E. AND JACQUELINE POGUE SCHOLARSHIP
The Robert E. and Jacquelyn Pogue Scholarship annually recognizes a Maggie Walker senior by an award of $3,000 per year for the first two years of their college experience. Selection criteria includes demonstration of a strong interest in the study of history, government and politics, an ability to achieve in a well-rounded academic program, proven leadership ability, and a strong commitment to community service. Financial need will be considered, although it is not a primary factor. Part I of the application can be picked up in the Counseling Office beginning March 22, 2016. An information session for interested seniors will be held Wednesday, March 23 in the College Center (Counseling Office) during lunch starting at 11:40. Please turn in Part I of the application to Dr. Loving by April 11 at 12:30 p.m. Semi-finalists will be given Part II of the application which will be due April 28 at 3:30 p.m. Finalists will be interviewed on May 16.
MLWGS DEBATE TEAM WINS
CATHOLIC FORENSIC LEAGUE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
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MLWGS STUDENT EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION IN
2016 SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS
Emma Bilski (’16-Chesterfield) has earned national recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016. Emma received a Gold Medal in the category of architecture for her set design of the Crucible. Her work has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. Emma Bilski has been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York on Thursday, June 2. Congratulations Emma!
MLWGS ORCHESTRA STUDENTS EARN SEATS IN
ALL-STATE BAND AND ORCHESTRA
All-State Band and Orchestra auditions were held February 27 at James Madison University. Each year, the occasion brings the top instrumentalists in the state together based on eligibility gained through earning seats, also by audition, in district and regional band and orchestra events. At stake is a coveted seat in one of the top orchestras or bands in the state. It is widely considered the pinnacle achievement for high-school instrumentalists and the competition at this level is fierce.
MLWGS is proud to congratulate three outstanding students for earning seats in All State Band and Orchestra this year:
Charles Yang (‘17, Henrico), 15th-ranked flute
Willow Kwak (‘18, Henrico), 31st-ranked violin
Rachel Zhao (‘18, Henrico), 9th-ranked cello
The All State Band and Orchestra event takes place April 7-9 at George Mason University.
ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLES EARN SUPERIOR RATINGS AT DISTRICT ORCHESTRA ASSESSMENT FESTIVAL
Congratulations to the Orchestra I and Orchestra II classes for both receiving the highest ratings of Superior from each of the four professional adjudicators at the District Orchestra Assessment Festival Thursday, March 10 at Hanover High School.
The ensembles prepared a program consisting of music selected from a list of pre-approved titles graded by level of difficulty (I-VI, VI being most difficult). Orchestra I performed grade IV material and Orchestra II performed grade V. Additionally, a sight-reading component rounded out the assessment.
“Straight superior ratings are naturally the benchmark we work to achieve and we’re thrilled and proud to celebrate,” says orchestra director, Karl von Klein. “But the greater takeaway transcends a rating. It’s the shared experience we enjoy by creating art together, for ourselves first and foremost, and the constructive criticism we use from the judges to elevate our ability to control the expression we are capable of conveying through our instruments.”
MLWGS ROBOTICS TEAM COMPETES IN VIRGINIA SOUTHWEST DISTRICT
This past weekend, the Maggie Walker Robotics Team, FRC Team 422, competed at the Virginia Southwest District Competition. By competition end, the team was awarded the Industrial Design award which celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. Team 422 was also semifinalists of the game competition, along with their robot, Paragon!
LADIES NIGHT OUT
It’s not too late to purchase your ticket for the very popular Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Ladies’ Night Out. This year we are celebrating "Under The Tuscan Moon” in the Italian-style courtyard of the beautifully restored 2710 Monument Avenue home of alumni parents, Julie and Paul Weissend. Join other MLWGS moms, female faculty, and woman friends of MLWGS for some antipasti, wine, soft drinks and desserts on Wednesday, May 18 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and benefit the PTSA. Feel free to buy a ticket for a teacher too! Contact Yvette Conte at email@example.com or 804-647-5289 for ticket information.